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It appears that for at least the foreseeable future, Iggy Azalea won’t be able to escape questions about her rap rival, Azealia Banks.

During a Q&A with That Grape Juice, Iggy was asked about the outspoken Harlem-bred emcee and revealed advice she received from producer and Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am.

Sam:  You mentioned that there are a lot of Female Rappers out. For me, as someone that runs the site, I definitely identify yourself and Azealia Banks as two of the of the girls everyone is really buzzed about at the moment.

She’s said a few things about you in the past, what’s your take on her?

Iggy:  I think that she has a lot to say about everybody and everything.

She, for some reason, wants to share the way that she feels about different artists with the world, that’s fine.

 I was talking to my friend the other day and he said to me: “What you want to be is water. You don’t want to be fire, because it’s ugly and burns out quickly, it can only ever be fire- it can’t be anything else.

If you’re water you can be anything you want, you can be steam, you can be liquid you can be ic. You can’t destroy water because it’s fluid and just chills. You should be water, water lasts forever”.

There’s so many fiery people and it’s hilarious to me when people like that are respected. It’s almost like a shock rider when they say stuff, and there’s this idea that they should be loved because they say whatever it is they want to say.

Saying reckless sh*t, that’s really easy. It doesn’t take self-control. It doesn’t involve any poise and I don’t really respect people like that. It’s much harder to keep your mouth shut and focus on your own thing.

That’s something that I respect and think more people should respect too far more than they already do. I don’t really take too much to what she says. She just says it to be shocking.

I can see why the guy who has rapped for big brands like Target and before adoring fans at The Oprah Winfrey Show would push for someone to be “water” versus “fire” given the former makes you far more malleable.

However, it should go without saying that the tradition of rap has never been about keeping it completely cool. But you know, water is awesome and all that.

You can read Iggy’s interview in full over at That Grape Juice.


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